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2019 NCAA Tournament, Day 2 open thread: All roads lead to Zion

The NCAA Tournament’s second day features the debut of its biggest star.

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You know what’s better than a day of the NCAA Tournament in which your team is playing? A day when it isn’t.

At least, uh, if you are maybe the kind of person whose stomach knots with anxiety about your team’s fate. Not that I know anyone like that!

In any case: Thursday was Florida’s day, as far as I’m concerned, and now Friday is the field’s day. It’s also my day, because I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to write about the Gators or whether I’m wrong about the preview or the analysis proffered: I can just watch good basketball teams and good basketball players play basketball.

And for me, that’s often enough — even if there aren’t upsets that run counter to conventional wisdom or dramatic moments worth remembering forever over the course of a given day. (The closest we got to something unforgettable was Auburn playing the final minute of a game while seemingly actively trying to lose a lead, with New Mexico State only failing to accede to that demand because of some poor shooting.)

And you know what? If nothing else, this day has Zion Williamson.

I like watching Zion Williamson.

2019 NCAA Tournament Schedule: Friday, March 22

Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Cincinnati vs. Iowa Friday Columbus I 12:15 p.m. CBS Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma Friday Columbia I 12:40 p.m. truTV Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky Friday Tulsa I 1:30 p.m. TNT Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Kansas State vs. UC Irvine Friday San Jose I 2 p.m. TBS Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
Tennessee vs. Colgate Friday Columbus II After conc. 1 CBS Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Virgina vs. Gardner-Webb Friday Columbia II After conc. 1 truTV Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Buffalo vs. Arizona State Friday Tulsa II After conc. 1 TNT Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Wisconsin vs. Oregon Friday San Jose II After conc. 1 TBS Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
Utah State vs. Washington Friday Columbus III 6:50 p.m. TNT Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Duke vs. North Dakota State Friday Columbia III 7:10 p.m. CBS Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Houston vs. Georgia State Friday Tulsa III 7:20 p.m. TBS Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Mississippi State vs. Liberty Friday San Jose III 7:27 p.m. truTV Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
North Carolina vs. Iona Friday Columbus IV After conc. III TNT Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
VCU vs. UCF Friday Columbia IV After conc. III CBS Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Iowa State vs. Ohio State Friday Tulsa IV After conc. III TBS Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis Friday San Jose IV After conc. III truTV Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
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